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Published on Sunday, 17 March 2013 01:29
President's spokesperson Ye Htut has confirmed today that SIM cards will be sold for a couple of thousand kyats in April, marking a significant drop from the current retail price.
There have been reports of the President Office's Minister Soe Thein as saying that SIM card prices will be a lot lesser than 20,000 kyats (US$23) and sold for a couple of thousand kyats. So, he asked the minister for confirmation and is now informing other media about the confirmation, Ye Htut told Eleven Media.
GSM SIM cards were last sold for 200,000 kyats (US$226), but Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications department (MPT) have suspended the sales operations now.
"I heard that (there have been rumors of) the phone cards to be sold for a couple of thousand kyats on the Internet. I don't know for sure. We haven't received any instructions telling us to sell at a specific price," Htay Win, chief engineer of MPT's Mobile Department said yesterday.
Earlier last month, rumors have been spreading that GSM SIM cards will be sold for 20,000 (US$23) kyats, but now rumors say that GSM SIM cards will be sold for 2,000 kyats (US$2) while WCDMA SIM cards will be for 5,000 kyats ($6).
The new mobile phone number also rumored to be extended to an extra 1-digit from the current 10-digit.
In 2002, MPT introduced GSM SIM cards for 500,000 kyats (US$566), but the price later increased to 1 million kyats (US$1,131) and then 1.5 million kyats (US$1697).
MPT first reduced the price to 500,000 kyats (US$566) in February 2011 and then to 200,000 kyats (US$226) in April last year.
Statistics shows that MPT has sold about 6 million SIM cards up to last year.